Your wedding day is all about the two of you and your love for one another, yet a wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without the guests! These are the special people in your lives whom you’ve chosen to celebrate your big day with you, with some traveling a long way to be there. Why wouldn’t you want to make this day wonderful for them, too? There’s no need to bend over backwards, but here are some tips on how to make sure you’re being a good and thoughtful host to your wedding guests.
Invite Early & Be Clear
Make sure your save-the-dates and invitations go out well in advance, and include important information – hotel accommodations, parking info, no-kid policies, additional events, weather expectations – in a clear way. If you’re making a wedding website, think about guests who may not be tech-savvy and include that info in your paper invites as well.
Be Mindful About Seating
If you’re doing a seating chart, try and seat guests – especially singles – with people they know or will feel comfortable with. And think about your older guests who may need extra room, and try not to seat them close to the speakers to keep them more comfortable.
Photo Credit: Jessica Hill Photography
Anticipate Guests’ Needs
If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, think about your guests sitting in the sun waiting for the ceremony to start – it would be a nice touch to provide iced water, sunglasses, or paper fans. Conversely, if your wedding is in winter, keep guests warm with some hot drinks, a basket of blankets, or umbrellas if they’ll be outside and it may rain. If it’s a long walk from the parking lot to the ceremony, have a shuttle service waiting for grandparents and families with kids. Again, no need to go overboard, but small touches like this will be noticed and respected!
Keep Them Fed
There are few things worse for guests than being hungry at a wedding. If you’ll be taking photos after the ceremony and it’ll be a long wait until dinner, provide appetizers for your guests. And after dessert, think about a late-night snack – guests who are dancing the night away will appreciate it!
Greet & Thank Guests Personally
Make sure to take the time to personally greet each guest during your reception and thank them for coming. There’s nothing worse than giving up a day to attend a wedding, bring a gift, and then leave at the end of the night without having been personally acknowledged. Give your guests this courtesy!
Give Them A Good Time
Your guests want to have fun at your wedding! Ensure that your reception goes well by hiring a professional DJ who has performed weddings before. Not only will they have the best songs to keep everyone excited and dancing, but they will help the flow of the evening run smoother, from your grand entrance and first dance to your toasts, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, and formal exit. Your guests will enjoy an organized and fun evening! Check out our list of DJs here!
Send Thank You Notes Promptly
This should go without saying, but your guests will appreciate a handwritten thank you note acknowledging their presence at your wedding. Send them within 3 months after your big day.
Featured photo by: Jessica Hill Photography
This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Dana Barbar, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer.